Hope Begins With A Meal (HBWAM) is a ministry that was started in partnership with Union Gospel Mission in 2017 to provide Thanksgiving meals to people in need in the greater Twin Cities area, and through a Woodcrest-specific registration program, to individuals and families in the communities immediately around Woodcrest. 

HBWAM 2021

We want to thank all of those who contributed so generously to our initiative in 2021.  We collected food and funds sufficient to pack ~640 bags of Thanksgiving food.  A small portion of donated funds covered the purchase of materials such as bags, labels, etc. and food for recipients during Pickup, but most of the donations went toward the food and gift cards required for the 463 bags of food that were packed!  A donation equivalent to 40 bags of food was also made to Union Gospel Mission for their Thanksgiving food drive.  Excess resources will be used to bless those in need with food and goods at other times during the coming year.


Look on this webpage for details as they develop regarding HBWAM 2022!!! We have already set the date for Super Saturday in 2022: it will be November 12. So SAVE THE DATE - put it on your calendar! In the meantime, you can contribute to the HBWAM initiative throughout the year with online donations. DONATE HERE.